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The last few months have been filled with rumours, but it's now confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be coming to Canada on June 20th. Samsung, along with most carriers, have officially confirmed they will be releasing it, along with the official specifications of the device. To go along with that exciting news, Telus and Rogers have officially released some pricing details, and leaked information reveals some Bell and Virgin Mobile price points.

As many Canadians suspected, we will not be getting the same quad-core version that was recently released in Europe, but rather, the power and speed of a Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two versions, one with LTE for the major carriers and their subsidiaries (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Sasktel), and a non-LTE version for the other carriers including WIND Mobile, Videotron, and Mobilicity. The LTE version will be available in 16 GB or 32 GB models, however all carriers won?t necessarily offer both. The non-LTE version will be available in only a 16 GB version for now, however both devices also have a micro SD slot capable of an additional 32 GB of expandable memory. The Galaxy S III also features a 4.8" (1280?720 or 306ppi) HD Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen display, an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording as well as a secondary front-facing 1.9 MP camera capable of 720p recording. Also confirmed, but expected, the handset runs on the latest version of Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsungs own TouchWiz UI with Motion UX.

As for pricing, the following information has been made available either officially, or via information leaked online:

Rogers - $149.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model
Telus - $159.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model, $679.99 outright. $209.99 on 3 year term for 32 GB model, $749.99 outright.
Bell - $599.95 outright for 16 GB model, $649.95 outright for 32 GB model
Virgin Mobile - $599.99 outright for 16 GB model, $649.99 outright for 32 GB model

Unfortunately pricing for the other confirmed carriers is currently unavailable, however Mobilicity is offering a $100 credit (paid out over 10 months) for those who pre-order before June 15th. Regardless, if you?re interested in picking up a Samsung Galaxy S III, you?ll have many options to choose from on June 20th!


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Now available for pre-order through various electronics retailers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has an expected launch date of June 22nd. As this version is a Wi-Fi only device, there will be no carrier launch and it will be available for outright purchase only at a very reasonable price of $349.99.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 features a 10.1" (800 x 1280) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass, and is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and offers 16 GB of internal storage. It also features a 3.15 MP camera capable of 720p recording and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz.

For the affordable price of $349.99, you can pre-order your own Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 through Future Shop, Best Buy, or a variety of other electronics retailers beginning now, and check back for updates on a confirmed official launch date.




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Samsung?s Galaxy Note has been a popular device in Canada, and has proven to be one of the best available for those who don?t mind the large size. And while the Tab line-up of tablets has been important in the progress of Android tablets in the market, it?s no surprise that Samsung is pushing the ?Note? name further. Scheduled for release sometime in the coming months, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 should merge the two series together, and has the specifications required to be successful.

Originally, the Note 10.1 was demonstrated to include a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor and the S Pen stylus, but no room in the hardware itself to store it when not in use. Now, thanks to newly leaked information, we know that the processor has been upgraded to a quad-core Exynos processor with a powerful Mali-T604 graphics chip. Additionally, Samsung has incorporated an S Pen slot, a move that makes a lot of sense. Other features include its 10.1? (800 x 1280) touch screen display and 3.15 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. The Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, comes with 1 GB of RAM, and is set to be a Wi-Fi only tablet.

While nothing has been confirmed regarding a Canadian launch, Samsung has been relatively good about getting their devices to Canada recently, so we should see the device shortly after the United States does. Pricing is still unknown as well, but we?ll keep you updated on any further information throughout the coming weeks and months!


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We?ve been keeping you updated on the details regarding Sony?s Xperia S launch, and now they?ve made it available ? just on schedule! You can now purchase the Android handset from Sony Style stores across Canada, but note that they are currently available in limited quantities only. As for pricing, the handset can be yours for $99.99 on a 3 year term with Rogers, or the device can be purchased outright for $499.99.

As a reminder, the Xperia S features a 4.3? (720 x 1280) LED-backlit touch screen display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread currently with an expected upgrade to ICS, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It has a 12 MP camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile, and can record 1080p HD video. It has a secondary front-facing camera capable of 720p video capture, and offers standard connectivity in addition ot NFC. If you?re interested in the Sony Xperia S through Rogers or outright, head to your nearest Sony Style store to pick on up!


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Virgin Mobile has recently introduced a new Canada & U.S. Flexi-Data plan, offering those who cross the border frequently a worry-free option. The plan starts at 500 MB for $45/month, and ranges up in multiple tiers until it reaches the 5 GB limit for $190/month. Overages beyond 5 GB are charged at 25 cents/MB.

In addition to introducing the Canada & U.S. plan, they have made a small change to their Canada-only $5 Flexi-Data plan. The $250 MB tier has been reduced from $20/month to $15/month. Head to your nearest Virgin Mobile store to sign up if one of these sound like they?re for you!


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Pre-orders for the new iPad have reached their limit in Canada and internationally, but those who are still determined to pick one up still have hope. Apple retail stores as well as Future Shop will be opening their doors at 8am this Friday, March 16th. No word on how much stock each will have, or if all Future Shop locations will have inventory come launch day, but it may be worth a try for those who just can?t wait for the next waves of shipments from Apple.

As a reminder, pricing starts at $519 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, while the 16GB LTE version begins at $649.


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Those looking to pick up a Wi-Fi only tablet now have another option to choose from in the Android field, the Toshiba Excite 10 LE. It features a 10.1? (1280 x 800) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass, and comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera. The Excite 10 LE is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

This Honeycomb, soon to be Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, comes in at 1.2lbs and is only 7.7mm thin. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, along with micro-USB and HDMI ports for physical connectivity. The Toshiba Excite 10 LE is available now from major electronics retail stores for $549.99 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB version comes in at $599.99.



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Samsung has officially announced LTE versions of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9. The LTE version of the Galaxy S II will bring numerous upgrades from the existing HSPA+ Galaxy S II from Bell, including a larger screen, and faster processor. The Tab 8.9, which isn't available in Canada as of yet, also features a big improvement over its previously announced 3G version, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.

Here's a full rundown of both device's specifications:

The Galaxy S II LTE features a 4.5" (480x800) Super AMOLED Plus display with Gorilla Glass, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, along with a secondary 2MP camera. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will be a fantastic addition to any Canadian carrier.

The Galaxy tab 8.9 LTE features an 8.9" (800x1280) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It runs on Honeycomb 3.0, and offers up a 3.15MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD capture, with a front-facing 2MP camera as well.

Both offer LTE connectivity, which has a maximum download speed of 150 Mbps. Rogers has already began a trial launch in Ottawa, and is expected to launch their LTE network in more areas by the end of the year. Bell and Telus also have their LTE network(s) marked as coming soon, though neither have been overly specific about timeframes. Hopefully we'll see both of these devices in Canada, though only time will tell.


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Every summer, we see the major carriers re-launch the $30 6GB data package, typically coinciding with the latest iPhone launch. Rogers and Telus are ahead of the game this year, with internal documents stating that they are each offering it up effective immediately. To get the package, you'll need to sign up for a new 3 year term or renew your current contract, as usual. Additionally, it must be added to a voice plan, and cannot be used as a stand-alone data only package. No word on exactly when the promotion will expire, but as always, you can expect it to be available for a limited time only. We'll likely see Bell follow suit in the near future, as the re-introduction of this plan is usually aligned among the major carriers.


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Likely in response to Videotron and Virgin's(Quebec-only) recent introduction of their $30/6GB data package, Telus has gone ahead re-introduced their own 6GB promo add-on for Quebec customers. It's unfortunate that the rest of Canada can't benefit from this recent competition, but it's still great to see carriers working to win customers over in some markets at least.

The 6GB add-on from Telus is available for all device types, including iPhones, and will work for both 4G and CDMA handsets. It is available to new, existing, and renewing customers, and overage charges come in at the standard 5 cents/MB. The package is being offered on a promotional basis only, and will no longer be available after July 31st, so be sure to contact Telus if you're interested in adding it to your line.


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